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Vintage Haida Northwest Coast Native Copper Hand-tooled Box For Sale
This sale is for a Copper box made by a group of Northwest Coast Indians who call themselves "The Whale People". They are Haida, Kwakiutl, Tsimshian, Carrier and Salish people. Copper was a traditional means of currency exchange among the Northwest Coast Indian People. At Potlach ceremonies, the host chief would divide a copper sheet, giving the largest portions to the most important visiting chiefs. The boxes are traditional storage units for food, ceremonial masks and artifacts. They are decorated with symbols representing animals. These symbols are often fragmented and then regrouped as to form a whole. They usually recall ancient legends and social taboos. THE ITEM's DESCRIPTION: This exquisitely detailed vintage mid 20th century hand-tooled embossed copper box measures approximately 6 1/4" X 4 1/4" by about 4" high. The box has an approximate weight of 660 grams or 23.2 oz. The overall vintage condition is very good to excellent with some very small areas showing green age oxidation. Northwest Coast Haida copper boxes are all handmade and has a variety of animal figures revered by the Haida. The top & sides of the box are decorated with traditional symbols including a Beaver, Sun on both ends. The box is all original and has not been cleaned and has its original age related patina. Incredible workmanship, skill and motifs make this truly unique. The inside of the box is lined with leather suede. My pictures do not do this box justice, much nicer in person. The box came with a paper that described boxes like these. I have taken a picture of the paper that you can read. ITEMS SHIPPED FROM CANADA MUST PASS THROUGH YOUR COUNTRIES CUSTOMS, OCCASIONALLY THIS CAN SLOW DOWN THE DELIVERY. WE SHIP WITHIN 2 DAYS OF PAYMENT AND HAVE NO CONTROL OVER SHIPPING TIME. DELIVERY TIME ESTIMATE: CANADA 1-7 BUSINESS DAYS. USA 5-10 BUSINESS DAYS, INTERNATIONAL AIR 1-2 WEEKS (more expensive). INTERNATIONAL GROUND 4-8 WEEKS You pay actual shipping costs. I do not try to make money on shipping. Packaging is done by a retired Packaging Engineer using quality packing material.
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